What is an ACL tear?

An ACL tear, short for anterior cruciate ligament tear, is a common injury that affects the knee. It occurs when the anterior cruciate ligament, one of the major ligaments in the knee, is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn. This injury often happens during sports activities or movements that involve sudden stops, changes in direction, or direct impact to the knee. An ACL tear can result in instability, pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the knee.

Treatment options range from conservative measures such as rest, physical therapy, and bracing to surgical reconstruction of the ACL, depending on the severity of the tear and the individual’s activity level and goals.

What are the common treatment options for ACL tear?

Treatment for an ACL tear depends on several factors including the severity of the injury, the individual’s activity level, and their overall health.

Conservative Management:

  • Rest: Resting the knee and avoiding activities that aggravate the injury can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy exercises can help strengthen the muscles around the knee, improve stability, and restore range of motion.
  • Bracing: Some individuals may benefit from wearing a knee brace to provide support and stability to the injured knee, particularly during physical activity.
  • Activity Modification: Modifying activities or sports to avoid high-impact movements can prevent further damage to the ACL while allowing the injury to heal.

Surgical Reconstruction:

  • ACL reconstruction surgery involves replacing the torn ACL with a graft, typically taken from another part of the patient’s body (autograft) or from a donor (allograft).
  • This surgical procedure is often recommended for individuals who have significant knee instability, are involved in sports or activities that require pivoting or jumping, or have not achieved satisfactory results with conservative treatment.

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What is the recovery process for ACL injuries?

The long-term treatment for ACL injuries will be determined by a physician that will assess the injury and the needs of the patient. In many cases, the treatment will include surgery to repair the ligament, physical therapy, and conservative measures to support the plan.

  • Once the acute pain has diminished, regular physical therapy is usually prescribed.
  • Electro-physiotherapy, ultrasound, and ice packs can also be used for treatment, either uniquely or in combination.
  • Consistent muscle training helps the muscles take over the task of the torn cruciate ligament.
  • Supportive knee braces are used, particularly during sports and after operations. These enable mobility to be regained step by step and relieve stresses on the knee joint by stabilizing it.

What bracing is used in the treatment of ACL injuries– the medi® way?

Discover a range of bracing options from medi tailored to treat ACL tears. From post-operative support to providing stability during recovery, our braces cater to various stages of injury. Typically recommended by orthopedic surgeons, these braces are integral throughout treatment, aiding in rehabilitation and preventing future injuries. Beginning with immobilizing rehabilitation braces, they gradually transition to ACL braces as activity levels increase. Designed with functional hinges, these braces offer confidence and security during daily activities or sports. Once fully healed, patients are advised on braces optimized for high activity with enhanced comfort features. Top of Form

The medi ACL treatment assortment

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